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04/08/2013 16:39 PDT

DNS Marketshare - Alexa 10,000 + Fortune 500 - April 2013

This is a followup from last month's DNS marketshare post. In this post we use the same top 10,000 Alexa websites from last month (based on a 10 Mar 2013 Alexa snapshot). We then mined the DNS servers for each of these websites again using the same technique. The tables below represent the changes in marketshare and DNS hosting occurring during this time period (about 30 days).

New to this post is marketshare analysis for 2012 US Fortune 500 companies. This is a list published annually by Fortune Magazine ranking public US companies by gross revenue. For this analysis, we used the corporate websites listed for these companies on the CNN.com website. This marketshare analysis shows a very different provider makeup relative to top Alexa websites.

Notable during the past 30 days was a large scale DNS DDoS attack against spam blacklist provider spamhaus. To avert this attack, spamhaus switched DNS hosting to CloudFlare who successfully worked internally and with upstream providers to defend spamhaus against the attack as documented on their blog. The resulting positive press, appears to have attracted many new customers with their marketshare increasing by nearly 9% (22 Alexa 10,000 websites).

Fortune 500 DNS Marketshare - Apr 8, 2013

The following table provides a comparison of DNS provider marketshare between Mar 5 and Apr 8 2013 for the 2012 US Fortune 500 Companies.

ProviderRankWebsites (out of 500)MarketshareMarketshare Change
UltraDNS1357%+1 / +2.941%
Verisign DNS2244.8%0
Akamai3132.6%0
DynECT481.6%0
DNS Made Easy561.2%0
Savvis640.8%0
GoDaddy DNS740.8%0
Internap840.8%0
Rackspace Cloud DNS920.4%0
AWS Route 531020.4%+1 / +100%

Alexa Top 1,000 DNS Marketshare - Apr 8, 2013

The following table provides a comparison of DNS provider marketshare between Mar 5 and Apr 8 2013 for the top 1,000 Alexa websites.

ProviderRankWebsites (out of 1,000)MarketshareMarketshare Change
DynECT1787.8%+5 / +6.849%
UltraDNS2626.2%0
Akamai3494.9%+3 / +6.522%
AWS Route 534363.6%-1 / -2.703%
DNSPod5282.8%0
DNS Made Easy6212.1%0
GoDaddy DNS7131.3%0
Cotendo Advanced DNS8111.1%-1 / -8.333%
Verisign DNS9111.1%+1 / +10%
easyDNS10101%0
Rackspace Cloud DNS1180.8%0
CloudFlare1280.8%+2 / +33.333%
Enom DNS1370.7%0
Namecheap1460.6%0
Softlayer DNS1550.5%0
Internap1640.4%0
Savvis1730.3%0
Nettica1820.2%0
ClouDNS1920.2%0
ZoneEdit2020.2%0
DTDNS2110.1%0
EuroDNS2210.1%0
Worldwide DNS2310.1%0
No-IP2410.1%0

Alexa Top 10,000 DNS Marketshare - Mar 5, 2013

The following table provides a comparison of DNS provider marketshare between Mar 5 and Apr 8 2013 for the top 10,000 Alexa websites. Notable here is AWS Route 53 replacing UltraDNS in the #2 slot and CloudFlare's large marketshare increase.

ProviderRankWebsites (out of 10,000)MarketshareMarketshare Change
DynECT14354.35%+13 / +3.081%
AWS Route 5323703.7%+10 / +2.778%
UltraDNS33663.66%-1 / -0.272%
DNSPod43293.29%+4 / +1.231%
GoDaddy DNS52892.89%0
CloudFlare62822.82%+22 / +8.462%
DNS Made Easy72472.47%+3 / +1.23%
Akamai82142.14%+6 / +2.885%
Rackspace Cloud DNS91561.56%-2 / -1.266%
Verisign DNS101001%+4 / +4.167%
Softlayer DNS11800.8%-1 / -1.235%
easyDNS12740.74%-4 / -5.128%
Namecheap13720.72%0
Enom DNS14700.7%0
Cotendo Advanced DNS15570.57%-2 / -3.39%
Savvis16430.43%0
ZoneEdit17330.33%0
Internap18290.29%0
Nettica19280.28%+1 / +3.704%
ClouDNS20180.18%+2 / +12.5%
DNS Park21170.17%0
Zerigo DNS22100.1%0
No-IP23100.1%0
EuroDNS2490.09%+1 / +12.5%
Worldwide DNS2560.06%0
DTDNS2620.02%-1 / -33.333%

Top 20 Alexa Site Changes - Mar 5 to Apr 8 2013

As part of the marketshare analysis, we track which Alexa 10,000 sites have switched DNS providers since the last snapshot.

HostnameRankNew DNS ProviderPrevious DNS Provider
indiatimes.com133DynECTUltraDNS
iminent.com308AkamaiCotendo Advanced DNS
sergey-mavrodi.com452CloudFlareAWS Route 53
myntra.com906UltraDNSAWS Route 53
bookmyshow.com1930DynECTUltraDNS
apserver.net1952AWS Route 53easyDNS
template-help.com2051CloudFlareeasyDNS
clubpenguin.com2125DynECTeasyDNS
prntscr.com2202CloudFlareGoDaddy DNS
naturalnews.com2302Softlayer DNSGoDaddy DNS
freemp3x.com2497CloudFlareClouDNS
iptorrents.com2671CloudFlareNamecheap
ycombinator.com2888CloudFlareeasyDNS
dawanda.com3050CloudFlareCotendo Advanced DNS
yoast.com3364AWS Route 53Softlayer DNS
gratisjuegos.org4259CloudFlareSoftlayer DNS
cucirca.com4299AWS Route 53CloudFlare
frontdoor.com4374AWS Route 53Verisign DNS
awwwards.com4393DNS Made EasyRackspace Cloud DNS
hotklix.com4557UltraDNSDynECT